Sunday, January 12, 2014

Osprey on Inks Lake

After checking up on the Llano Bald Eagle nest, Danielle and I stopped by Inks Lake State Park for a couple of hours of paddling. This was a test of kayaking without Vali.  Much more peaceful but felt bad leaving him at home.

We managed to get some shots of an Osprey before we drifted too close to its perch and it flew away.

In addition to the Osprey and countless vultures, we also saw several pairs of Mallard, a half-dozen Buffleheads, and yet another Kingfisher. A few months ago, I had not seen a Kingfisher in person. Now, I swear I am seeing one at every birding spot we go to!

We also were able to get close to this nice striped turtle.  We don't know what species it is though our current best guess is a Texas River Cooter or perhaps a Texas Map Turtle.  If anyone knows, please leave a comment.

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